Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Saraki reshuffles Senate Committee Chairmen, deputies

Senate President Bukola Saraki on Tuesday at plenary reshuffled chairmen of committees and their deputies.

At the end of the plenary, he said that the move was designed to strengthen the institution of the Senate as well as ensure that proper oversight functions were carried out.

The Committee on Public Accounts now has Senator Matthew Urhoghide as Chairman; Committee on Trade and Investment will now be headed by Senator Sabo Mohammed while Interior committee now has Senator Andy Uba as Chairman.

Culture and Tourism is to be Chaired by Senator Raji Razaki and Local Content by Senator Adeola Olamilekan; Cooperation and Integration is now chaired by Senator Stella Oduah, while Capital Market Development is now headed Senator Bukar Mustapha.

 Before now, Senate Committee on Capital Market was chaired by late Senator Isiaka Adeleke.

Others are Mohammed Sani, Vice Chairman, Committee on Trade and Investment; Ademola Adeleke, Vice Chairman, Committee on Communications; Godswill Akpabio, Vice Chairman, Committee on Local Content; and Babajide Omoworare, Vice Chairman, Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters.

Senator Urhoghide said, When you have spent funds, you account for it, the assignment is beyond auditing the Ministries, Departments and Agencies, MDAs, we will look at the Universal Basic Education, UBEC to state and their existence where public funds have been voted for.

Meanwhile, the Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki on Wednesday swore in Andrew Uchendu as the Senator representing Rivers East following the sack of Senator George Sekibo.

 In July 2017 (similar event), ‎Kabir Marafa became the chairman of the Petroleum Resources Committee (Downstream) ‎and Oluremi Tinubu, was moved from Women Affairs Committee to the Committee on the Environment. ‎

Sulieman Hukunyi was moved to National Identity Management committee as chairman. ‎Adamu Aliero was moved to Aviation as chairman, while Hope Uzodinma got Customs.

Barau Jibril got Tertiary Institutions and Binta Masi got Women Affairs. The Public Procurement Committee got Joshua Dariye as its chairman, while James Manager, who was chairman of the Committee on Power was moved to the Solid Minerals committee.

Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, who was Chairman, Committee on Information and National Orientation, was moved to the committee on Power, while Adokwe Suleiman was named Chairman, Information committee. Legislative Compliance committee had Babajide Omoworare, who used to head the Rules and Business Committee, as it’s chairman, while the latter was headed by Baba Garbai. The Federal Character committee had Senator Tijani Kaura as its chairman.

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